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$1.7 Million Awarded to Hormel Institute for Colon Cancer Research


This week the Hormel Institute of the University of Minnesota received a $1.7 million grant for a study to explore less toxic, more effective ways to prevent and treat colon cancer.

The study is funded by a five-year federal grant that runs through 2020 from the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. Executive Director Dr. Zigang Dong, head of the Cellular and Molecular Biology Research center at the Hormel Institute, will serve as the principal investigator of the project.

The Hormel Institute is known for its two IBM "supercomputers" that have allowed researchers to develop new technologies and more efficient processes to promote ground-breaking discovery. Dr. Dong and his associates have used the supercomputers to discover three small molecules that effectively suppress colon cancer cell growth.

Under the new grant, researchers will identify and test these colon cancer inhibitors in addition to eight other new, nontoxic molecules. They will then seek to determine how to use this analysis to prevent and better treat colon cancer.

"Through these newly funded studies, we will use state-of-the-art technologies and innovative methods to develop more effective agents that target β-catenin with fewer side effects for preventing and treating this deadly form of cancer," Dr. Dong said in a recent press release.

This study represents an exciting advancement in the prevention and treatment of the most preventable, yet least prevented cancer. The new funding will augment the potential to save thousands of lives.

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  • A new study suggests that girls who are overweight at a young age may be at an increased risk for colon cancer later in life.

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